Barley, hops, yeast, and water. Who knew that combining these simple ingredients would produce a Draught so divine? When Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on an old and beaten down brewery back in 1759, he must have been determined to find success. And, as we all know, he did. With an aroma of coffee and contrasting flavors of bitter and sweet, the distinctively dark Guinness Draught is enjoyed at an average rate of 10 million glasses a day world wide!
As we get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to share three things you might want to do with Guinness on March 17th … in conjunction with drinking it, of course.
Option 1: Make a stew.
Any number of recipes can be made using Guinness … but stews are definitely a favorite! The malty roasty notes of the Draught marry with root veggies and succulent chunks of meat in a way that gets our mouths watering just thinking about it! This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re whipping up a Guinness Lamb Stew featuring celery, onions, carrots, celeriac, parsnips, and potato slowly braised in a thick and rich broth fortified with … you guessed it ... Guinness!
Option 2: Make a float.
Ok, so this one is for the daring. But we guarantee, you will not be disappointed! A Guinness Float is kind of like a root beer float … only way better! And it’s super easy to make. Place two scoops of your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream in a frosted mug. Crack open a cold bottle of Guinness and slowly pour it over the ice cream. Let the dreamy concoction sit for a few seconds until the foam fizzles down … then add more Guinness. Repeat the process until your glass is full and enjoy!
Option 3: Pair it with chocolate.
As we mentioned above, Guinness goes great with a wide variety of recipes. Yet one ingredient it pairs especially well with is chocolate! The rich coffee notes of the Draught compliments chocolate in an incredibly sinful way. Simply sub out ½-1 cup of liquid for Guinness in your favorite chocolate cake, cookie, or pie recipe … and prepare to be amazed!
For more recipe and pairing ideas, check out the Guinness website!
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